Oh, those Icelanders and their elves! This headline appeared in Sunday’s edition of The Guardian (thanks, Tania!):
“Supreme court to rule on case brought by Friends of Lava, who cite environmental impact of highway and effect on elf culture”
The article details the complex debate among environmentalists, elf-communicators, politicians and would-be highway builders. Although road projects have been halted before due to elf concerns, this one threatens to go right through an “Elf Church,” and so it’s raised particular concerns in a country where an estimated 62% of the population believes that elves at least might exist. One of my favorite excerpts:
“Terry Gunnell, a folklore professor at the University of Iceland, said he was not surprised by the wide acceptance of the possibility of elves.
“‘This is a land where your house can be destroyed by something you can’t see (earthquakes), where the wind can knock you off your feet, where the smell of sulphur from your taps tells you there is invisible fire not far below your feet, where the northern lights make the sky the biggest television screen in the world, and where hot springs and glaciers “talk”,’ Gunnell said.
“‘In short, everyone is aware that the land is alive, and one can say that the stories of hidden people and the need to work carefully with them reflects an understanding that the land demands respect.’”
I keep saying, there’s a connection between those who respect Nature Spirits and the land, and those who respect themselves enough to demand freedom from gangster-banksters and governments in collusion with them. “Scandinavian folklore is full of elves, trolls and other mythological characters. Most people in Norway, Denmark and Sweden haven’t taken them seriously since the 19th century, but elves are no joke to many in Iceland.” A few other things that are no joke in Iceland: privacy rights, mortgage forgiveness, freedom from corrupt power companies, and arresting the bankers who deliberately caused the 2008 housing crisis. Iceland leads the way in so many things. You can read the full article here.